June – July 2012
Vol. XVIII, No. 4
Table of Contents
The Jesse Tree Altarpiece — St. Anne’s Chapel of Burgos Cathedral in Castile and León, Spain.
The Jesse Tree image, based on Isaiah 11:1, is a symbolic representation not only of the genealogy of Christ, but also of the true Tree of Life or Salvation. This image began to appear in churches in the 12th and 13th centuries. The figure of Jesse, father of David, is reclining, and from his side the roots of the tree emerge. The ancestors of Jesus of the House of David are entwined in the branches, and Jesus appears at the top, as the blossom and fruit of the tree. In the Burgos Jesse Tree, the large figures directly above the sleeping Jesse are Saints Joachim and Anna, parents of the Virgin Mary, and at the top is the Blessed Mother with the Infant Jesus, flanked by symbolic figures of the Church (with chalice and staff) and the Synagogue (blindfolded, with broken staff and Tablets). — This elaborate gilded and painted retablo is by Gil de Siloé and Diego de la Cruz, ca 1487. Photo: © 2011 Alexandra Kassing
News & Views — Father Barron to Head to Chicago Seminary | Revised Liturgical Books on the Way | New Rite for Blessing of the Child in the Womb | Anglican Ordinariate for Australia | SSPX: Internal Discord over Reunion Effort
A Prayer for Fathers — Fathers’ Day, June 17, 2012
"Pro Multis" — "For Many" — Pope Benedict explains change in translation
Readers’ Forum — Nostra Culpa | Eucharistic Adoration Booklets | Liturgical Calendar | Sing "Happy Birthday" during Mass | "Dos and Don’ts" for Liturgy Committee | Tabernacle Placement | What About Holding Concerts in Church?
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.…
Righteousness shall be the girdle of His waist, and faithfulness the girdle of His loins.
Isaiah 11:1-3,5 (RSV-CE)
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